Working with New York City Department of Youth and City Development's Ladders for Leaders program and the Summer Youth Employment Program, Susan hired three interns with various jobs at the company.
- Hana Kassem (Staten Island Technical School) was hired as the Interior Design intern.
- Sadhana Pakala (Staten Island Technical School) worked as a Graphic Design intern.
- Jessica Kukin (Tottenville High School) was the Social Media intern.
With help from Meenu Selvan* a former intern turned employee who supervised the interns on their amazing 6-week journey, Susan has created yet another mentorship session for budding business women.
This summer the interns were mentored in real world business and design. They learned everything from office ettiquite to proper business interaction with clients to the nuts and bolts of interior design. Most importantly they learned what it takes to run a business and how to be part of a team.
As an extra challenge, the interns were tasked with redesigning their office space and organizing a fundraiser. From this, the Ladders for Leaders to Lollipops project was born.
*Meenu started as an intern for American & International Designs, Inc. in 2016 and became a part-time employee in 2017 working with Susan on school breaks until she graduated Notre Dame Academy in 2018. This fall, Meenu will participate in a 5-year accredited Architecture program with a concentration in Sustainable Design at the University of Notre Dame.